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Bachelder Les Villages Chardonnay 2019

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CanadaThomas Bachelder is one of Canada's leading chardonnay and pinot noir specialists, honed through time in Bourgogne and Oregon, as well as years in the vineyards of his Niagara home base. Les Villages blends parts from their single vineyard, older vines grown in Grimsby, Beamsville, Vineland, and 4 Mile Creek. After a native ferment in primarily neutral French barrels, this rested 16 months sans b√Ętonnage before bottling. At this youthful state, the oak is at the fore, though quickly absorbed by creamy lemon curd, green apple, meadow grass, flax and stony spice that lingers on the finish. This has years to go, and is a lovely summary of Niagara.Tasted: 14 July 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 34.95 winery online/direct Producer: Mary et Thomas Delaney-Bachelder et FillesGrape: ChardonnayUPC: 185729000491